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James Turrell

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Los Angeles

Birth year

Lives in
Flagstaff, Arizona

Works in
Flagstaff, Arizona

Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2016 Projections 1967–68
Pace Gallery - 25th St.
May, 2016 Projections 1967–68
Pace Gallery - 57th St.
Apr, 2016 Solo Exhibition
Pace Gallery - Palo Alto

James Turrell is an artist primarily concerned with light and space. He is best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater. Located outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Turrell is turning this natural cinder volcanic crater into a massive naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for the viewing of celestial phenomena. His other works usually enclose the viewer in order to control their perception of light; a James Turrell skyspace is an enclosed room large enough for roughly 15 people. Inside, the viewers sit on benches along the edge to view the sky through an opening in the roof. He is also known for his light tunnels and light projections that create shapes that seem to have mass and weight, though they are created with only light.

In April 2009, The James Turrell Museum opened at the Bodega Colomé in the Province of Salta, in Argentina. It was designed by Turrell after Donald Hess the owner of the Bodega and owner of a few of Turell's works told him he wanted to dedicate a museum to his work. It contains 9 lights installation, including a skyspace (Unseen Blue), and some drawings and prints.

Recent Exhibits

James Turrell participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2016 Richard Estes • Urban Landscapes, James Turrell • Aten Reign
Richard Levy Gallery
Nov, 2015 Solo Exhibition
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Sep, 2015 The Problem of God
K21 Ständehaus
Sep, 2015 Light Show
Sharjah Art Foundation
Aug, 2015 Collector’s Choice: My Shoes Are Your Shoes
Häusler Contemporary Zürich
May, 2015 From the Guggenheim, Aten Reign
Häusler Contemporary Zürich
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